de Oliveira, Uilians Vieira, Juliana Gardenalli de Freitas, & Rosangela Colado Costa (2021, March). Stakeholder view of efficient risk communication in contaminated sites. In Manuel Abrunhosa, António Chambel, Silvia Peppoloni, & Helder I. Chaminé (Eds.), Advances in geoethics and groundwater management: Theory and practice for a sustainable development (pp. 115-118) (Proceedings of the 1st Congress on Geoethics and Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM’20), Porto, Portugal 2020). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

(doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-59320-9_25) (Link:

Abstract: Environmental risk communication comprises an essential step in the management of contaminated sites. However, in Brazil there are no legal guidelines specifying how this communication should be performed. This research aims to identify the relevant aspects for risk communication in contaminated sites, from the perspective of stakeholders, such as responsible for contaminated sites that performed risk communication, environmental agencies, consultancies, and people affected by risks. The Q-technique was used, a methodology capable of identifying people’s point of view and their subjectivities. The Q-set consisted of 67 statements that were judged and organized by 24 individuals in a value matrix, according to the opinion of each respondent, representing a group of actors involved. Five factors were identified representing the view of the research subjects: Factor 1 demonstrates concern about the health of those affected by the risk; factor 2 demonstrates the importance of safe communication, being responsible for the liability responsible for the process; factor 4 is strongly related to the legal issues that permeate the process; factor 5 exposes the concern to communicate aspects directly related to risk. All factors show concern with social factors and the rejection of forms of communication through social networks.

Uilians Vieira de Oliveira <> is in the Institute of Environmental, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Diadema, Brazil.